Counsellors must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be sympathetic and caring and posses a mature and responsible manner.

Counsellors work with a variety of individuals, couples and groups and assist them in better understanding themselves in order to produce workable solutions to emotional, mental and lifestyle problems. These problems may include:

  • marriage difficulties
  • family and relationship disputes
  • sexual assault and abuse
  • alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse
  • rehabilitation
  • critical incidents

A career in counselling often requires a degree in Psychology, Social Work or other related disciplines. Some jobs may also require a Certificate IV in AOD (alcohol and other drug) studies. Relevant paid or unpaid work experience is often required and is highly praised.